PSU’s JoePa era stretches generations
Coach’s tenure bridges litany of seminal moments in history
How long has Joe Paterno been part of the fabric of Penn State?
In 1949, the year before JoePa became a fixture on the Nittany Lions sideline, Harry Truman began his full term as president. Yeah, that Harry Truman -- the guy who gave the green light to fire up the Enola Gay and drop “Little Boy” over Hiroshima. And so began the atomic bomb age.
When Penn State opened the 1950 season with a 34-14 victory against Georgetown on Sept. 30, Rip Engle was the head coach and Paterno an assistant.
In the ensuing years Paterno, who was named head coach in 1966, was deified in Happy Valley en route to winning a Division I-record 409 games and two national championships.
Paterno was fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the ongoing investigating into child sex-abuse allegations against former PSU assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
To recap Paterno's 60-plus years at Penn State:
• Oct. 2, 1950 -- The comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published in seven newspapers.
• Oct. 15, 1951 -- I Love Lucy makes its television debut on CBS. The show ends on May 6, 1957.
• Nov. 4, 1952 -- Dwight Eisenhower defeats Adlai Stevenson in the presidential election.
• June 30, 1953 -- The first Chevrolet Corvette is built at Flint, Mich.
• Dec. 4, 1954 -- The first Burger King opens in Miami -- two months before Ray Kroc opens a McDonald’s on Feb. 1, 1955. Technically, it was the ninth McDonald’s since it was founded in 1940, and Kroc later takes over the company and oversees its worldwide expansion.
• July 18, 1955 -- Disneyland opens in Anaheim, Calif.
• Feb. 22, 1956 -- Elvis Presley enters the U.S. music charts for the first time, with Heartbreak Hotel.
• Jan. 13, 1957 -- Wham-O produces the first Frisbee.
• April 15, 1958 -- San Francisco beats Los Angeles 8-0 at Seals Stadium, in the first Major League Baseball regular-season game played in California.
• March 9, 1959 -- The Barbie doll debuts.
• Oct. 29, 1960 -- In Louisville, Ky., Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional boxing match.
• Jan. 25, 1961 -- In Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy delivers the first live televised presidential news conference.
• July 2, 1962 -- The first Wal-Mart opens for business in Rogers, Ark.
• May 8, 1963 -- Dr. No, the first James Bond film, is shown in theaters.
• Feb. 1, 1964 -- The Beatles vault to No. 1 on the singles charts for the first time with I Want to Hold Your Hand.
|9/30/1950||An assistant coach to Rip Engle as PSU defeats Georgetown 34-14.|
|12/4/1965||Engle's final game as head coach, a 19-7 win at Maryland.|
|9/17/1966||Paterno's first game at the helm, a 15-7 victory against Maryland.|
|10/29/2011||PSU beats Illinois 10-7 in Paterno's final game as head coach.|
|• No. 409: Paterno surpasses Robinson|
• Aug. 30, 1965 -- Casey Stengel announces his retirement after 55 years in baseball.
• Sept. 8, 1966 -- Star Trek debuts on NBC with its first episode The Man Trap.
• Jan. 15, 1967 -- Super Bowl I: Green Bay defeats Kansas City 35-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
• Sept. 7, 1968 – Mattel introduces Hot Wheels toy cars.
• July 20, 1969 -- Apollo program: The lunar module Eagle lands. An estimated 500 million people worldwide watch as Neil Armstrong takes his historic first steps on the moon.
• Sept, 21, 1970 -- Monday Night Football debuts on ABC; Cleveland defeats the New York Jets 31-21 at Cleveland Stadium.
• Jan. 25, 1971 -- Charles Manson and three female “Family” members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.
• Feb. 17, 1972 -- Volkswagen Beetle sales exceed those of the Ford Model-T when the 15,007,034th Beetle is produced.
• April 3, 1973 -- The first handheld cellular phone call is made by Martin Cooper in New York.
• April 8, 1974 -- Hank Aaron becomes the all-time home run leader with No. 715, eclipsing Babe Ruth. ... Aaron made his big-league debut on April 13, 1954 -- four years after Paterno came to Penn State.
• Jan. 27, 1975 -- Immaculata defeats Maryland 85-63 in the first nationally televised women's basketball game.
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• April 1, 1976 -- Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
• Sept. 20, 1977 -- Fonzie “jumps the shark” on Happy Days.
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• July 25, 1978 -- Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby, is born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK.
• Nov. 4, 1979 -- Iran Hostage Crisis: 3,000 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 90 hostages (53 of whom are American). The hostages are held for 444 days, being released on Jan. 20, 1981.
• Feb. 22, 1980 -- Miracle on Ice: The U.S. Olympic hockey team defeats the Soviet Union 4-3 in the semifinals of the Winter Olympics.
• July 7, 1981 -- President Ronald Reagan nominates the first woman, Sandra Day O'Connor, to the Supreme Court.
• May 30, 1982 -- Cal Ripken Jr. plays the first of what eventually becomes his record-breaking streak of 2,632 consecutive Major League Baseball games. The streak ends Sept. 20, 1998.
• Sept. 16, 1983 -- President Ronald Reagan announces that the Global Positioning System (GPS) would be made available for civilian use.
• July 23, 1984 -- Vanessa Lynn Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign when she surrenders her crown, after nude photos of her appear in Penthouse.
• April 23, 1985 -- Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. After an overwhelmingly negative response, the original formula is back on the market in less than three months.
• April 21, 1986 -- Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s secret vault on The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault, discovering only a bottle of moonshine.
• April 19, 1987 -- The Simpsons first appears as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.
• Nov. 2, 1988 -- The Morris worm, the first computer worm distributed via the Internet, written by Robert Tappan Morris, is launched from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
|1968||W, 22-7||vs. Miami (Fla.)|
|1974||L, 12-7||at NC State|
|1985||W, 31-10||at Cincinnati|
|1991||W, 47-7||at Maryland|
|2002||W, 35-4||vs. Virginia|
• July 31, 1989 -- Nintendo releases the Game Boy portable video game system in North America.
• October 17, 1990 -- The Internet Movie Database is launched by Col Needham, providing the opportunity to search for film information online.
• Dec. 26, 1991 -- The Cold War ends when the Supreme Soviet meets and formally dissolves the Soviet Union.
• June 22, 1992 -- Two skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg are identified as Czar Nicholas II of Russia and Tsarina Alexandra.
• Feb. 26, 1993 -- World Trade Center bombing: In New York, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring more than 1,000.
• Jan. 6, 1994 -- In Detroit, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband.
• March 16, 1995 -- Mississippi ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The amendment was nationally ratified in 1865.
• July 27, 1996 -- The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills one and injures 111.
• June 30, 1977 -- J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first novel in the Harry Potter series, is published in London.
• Sept. 4, 1998 -- Google Inc. is founded in Menlo Park, Calif., by Stanford PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
• April 20, 1999 -- Columbine High School massacre: Two Littleton, Colo., teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, open fire on their teachers and classmates, killing 12 students and one teacher, and then themselves.
• Aug. 8, 2000 -- The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
• Jan. 15, 2001 -- Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, launches on the Internet (and without which this list would not be possible ...).
• May 12, 2002 -- Former President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro, becoming the first U.S. president, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.
• Feb. 1, 2003 -- Morgan Spurlock begins his 30-day McDonald’s diet. His documentary, Super Size Me, reveals a drastic effect on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being.
• April 29, 2004 -- The last Oldsmobile rolls off of the assembly line. It was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. In its 107-year history, Oldsmobile produced 35.2 million cars.
• Nov. 13, 2005 -- Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year-old British man, is reported as the first person proven to have been “cured” of HIV.
• Nov. 5, 2006 -- Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging by the Iraqi Special Tribunal. This is carried out on Dec. 30.
• July 21, 2007 -- The final book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released and sells more than 11 million copies in the first 24 hours, becoming the fastest-selling book in history.
• Jan. 2, 2008 -- The price of oil hits $100 per barrel for the first time.
• June 25, 2009 -- The death of Michael Jackson -- the “King of Pop” is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. The Paterno Era spanned the careers of Elvis, the Beatles and Michael Jackson.
• Jan. 4, 2010 -- The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is opened.
• July 21, 2011 -- Atlantis lands successfully at Kennedy Space Center after completing STS-135, concluding NASA's space shuttle program. (Columbia launched as the first reusable spacecraft on April 12, 1981.)
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